Definitions of pioneer

  1. take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; " This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
  2. someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art
  3. open up an area or prepare a way; " She pioneered a graduate program for women students"
  4. one the first colonists or settler in a new territory; " they went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them"
  5. open up and explore a new area; " pioneer space"
  6. A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances.
  7. One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow; as, pioneers of civilization; pioneers of reform.
  8. To go before, and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer.
  9. One who goes before to prepare the way for another, as a settler in a frontier country; a soldier in an engineer corps whose special work is road building and repairing.
  10. A soldier who clears the road before an army, sinks mines, etc.: one who goes before to prepare the way.
  11. To act as pioneer to.
  12. Soldier who clears the way before an army; a forerunner.
  13. To take the lead in; be a pioneer.
  14. One who prepares the way, as a soldier in advance of an army.
  15. A soldier whose business is to go before an army to clear obstructions, throw up entrenchments, & c.; one who goes before to prepare the way.
  16. One of a company of soldiers trained to work with pickaxe, spade, & c., and employed in the field to clear the road before an army, throw up works, & c.; one who goes before to prepare the way for another.
  17. To clear the way for.

Usage examples for pioneer

  1. No pains were taken to diminish or in any way soften the natural hardships of this pioneer farm life; nor did any of the Europeans seem to know how to find reasonable ease and comfort if they would. – The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir
  2. The marquis pictured this religious pioneer in the garb of a soldier. – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  3. Thus closed the career of Wisconsin's pioneer missionary, who died in the pursuit of duty, as might a soldier upon the field of battle. – Stories of the Badger State by Reuben Gold Thwaites
  4. In the direction of inaugurating warfare with England at sea, he was, without doubt, the pioneer. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  5. But as a pioneer of the Cause, I must live and struggle. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  6. Oh yes, Sir Keith, Hamish said, with his eyes lighting up eagerly; he will be here with the Pioneer, and I will send the boat out for him. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  7. The monastery that was to succeed in the West must provide for men who not only could toil hard, but who must do so if they were to be kept pure and true; it must welcome men accustomed to the dangerous adventures of pioneer life in the vast forests of the North. – A Short History of Monks and Monasteries by Alfred Wesley Wishart
  8. It is the pioneer and prime moving force in the creation of progress and enlightenment. –  by
  9. Her idea of happiness seemed to be the freedom to sing hymns with a clear conscience, and the poor pioneer woman's philosophy was not very far from right. – The Log School-House on the Columbia by Hezekiah Butterworth
  10. Individuals of one colony will assist those of another in strenuous operations much as pioneer humans helped each other in building log cabins, in barn raisings, etc. – The Chief Engineer by Henry Abbott
  11. The pioneer is half hunter, half scout. – American Merchant Ships and Sailors by Willis J. Abbot
  12. Lesbia was the pioneer, however, and won considerable credit for the idea, though she had the honesty to tell everybody that the original suggestion was Marion's. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  13. A kindred spirit, the spirit of the pioneer, drew them all into one large family. – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  14. However, I was trying to show that pioneer lawyers were forced to do their own reasoning, to rely upon their own intellectual powers. – Memoirs of Orange Jacobs by Orange Jacobs
  15. Will the Pioneer be ready? – Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930 by Various
  16. Hart Jones and the Pioneer. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930 by Various
  17. What would that great pioneer say to our Crimson Perpetuals of to- day? – Roses and Rose Growing by Rose Georgina Kingsley
  18. The pioneer colored woman in most instances has helped to make the wealth that many colored families enjoy, today. – The Colored Girl Beautiful by E. Azalia Hackley
  19. " The New Age" was, I think, the pioneer in the matter. – The Free Press by Hilaire Belloc
  20. For an attempt, especially a pioneer attempt, may have great historical importance although it is only to a limited degree successful. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson